PRINT Summer 1964

Collecting in Los Angeles

THE 1960S SEE a richness and sophistication in art collecting in southern California that owes its origin to the example of early collectors in the area and the recent guidance of dealers and curators. One of the earliest southern California art dealers, Earl Stendahl, reports that he met the late Walter Arensberg in 1920 and that the then-celebrated collector’s esthetic vision and sophistication made a profound impression on Stendahl. The Stendahl Gallery then took to the new developments in international modern art and branched into pre-Columbian art and artifacts as a result of the enthusiasm shared by the two men. Many of the great works obtained by Stendahl and subsequently to enter either the Arensberg or Bliss collections are to be seen in the U.S. only because of this association.

Despite the excellence of the Arensberg Collection and its world-wide fame as a major repository of

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